A Look Inside Our Newest Global Innovation Center

As part of CP Kelco’s growing network of innovation and technical support facilities around the world, we recently launched our newest global innovation center in Atlanta. This open, collaborative space was designed for scientists and customers alike to engage in ingredient research, problem-solving, development and pilot plant scale-up of food, beverage, home care, personal care and other consumer and industrial products. We’re excited to share an inside look.

 

“With our new innovation center, we’ve invested significantly in our commitment to provide a world-class customer experience and deliver on our brand promise of ‘Unlocking Nature-Powered Success’ through innovation and problem-solving. We’re excited about taking our global capabilities to a new level and further exploring the possibilities presented by key trends and growth opportunities – all with a sharp focus on meeting the evolving needs of our customers and consumers, today and into the future.”
– Didier Viala, President of CP Kelco

 

The test kitchen and lounge area.

Collaboration was an important consideration when designing the new innovation center, as we wanted to create a space that fosters and inspires an environment of creativity and ideation. Our customers are passionate and intent on staying ahead of industry trends and desire partners who are highly skilled and can help them through the product development process – we’ve built the new innovation center with this in mind. When we’re collaborating with our customers to solve their formulation challenges and discover new applications and custom solutions, the possibilities are endless.

Our patent wall showcasing our patents from around the world.

Some great features of our 24,000 square-foot innovation center:

  • Labs devoted to microbiology, fermentation science, R & D, and consumer and industrial applications development
  • A food and beverage pilot plant to support customers with production scale-up
  • A sensory evaluation space to conduct sensory studies to better understand customer preferences
  • A large chef’s kitchen to develop and test recipes featuring our nature-based ingredients
  • Open meeting spaces that encourage collaboration and can be customized for various events
One of our research and development labs.

Staffed with a team of more than 20 scientists and application specialists, the new center is open for customer visits and working sessions, in accordance with all recommended guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We’re excited to welcome new and existing customers to the new innovation center to see our capabilities firsthand and collaborate with us.

A Look Inside Our Newest Global Innovation Center

As part of CP Kelco’s growing network of innovation and technical support facilities around the world, we recently launched our newest global innovation center in Atlanta. This open, collaborative space was designed for scientists and customers alike to engage in ingredient research, problem-solving, development and pilot plant scale-up of food, beverage, home care, personal care and other consumer and industrial products. We’re excited to share an inside look.

 

“With our new innovation center, we’ve invested significantly in our commitment to provide a world-class customer experience and deliver on our brand promise of ‘Unlocking Nature-Powered Success’ through innovation and problem-solving. We’re excited about taking our global capabilities to a new level and further exploring the possibilities presented by key trends and growth opportunities – all with a sharp focus on meeting the evolving needs of our customers and consumers, today and into the future.”
– Didier Viala, President of CP Kelco

 

The test kitchen and lounge area.

Collaboration was an important consideration when designing the new innovation center, as we wanted to create a space that fosters and inspires an environment of creativity and ideation. Our customers are passionate and intent on staying ahead of industry trends and desire partners who are highly skilled and can help them through the product development process – we’ve built the new innovation center with this in mind. When we’re collaborating with our customers to solve their formulation challenges and discover new applications and custom solutions, the possibilities are endless.

Our patent wall showcasing our patents from around the world.

Some great features of our 24,000 square-foot innovation center:

  • Labs devoted to microbiology, fermentation science, R & D, and consumer and industrial applications development
  • A food and beverage pilot plant to support customers with production scale-up
  • A sensory evaluation space to conduct sensory studies to better understand customer preferences
  • A large chef’s kitchen to develop and test recipes featuring our nature-based ingredients
  • Open meeting spaces that encourage collaboration and can be customized for various events
One of our research and development labs.

Staffed with a team of more than 20 scientists and application specialists, the new center is open for customer visits and working sessions, in accordance with all recommended guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We’re excited to welcome new and existing customers to the new innovation center to see our capabilities firsthand and collaborate with us.

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CP Kelco Expands Network of Global Innovation Centers With New Atlanta, Georgia Facility Dedicated to Customer Experience

ATLANTAJune 7, 2021 – CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, today announced the launch of a new global innovation center, adding to the company’s growing network of innovation and technical support facilities around the world. The Atlanta, Georgia-based innovation center is designed as an open, collaborative space for scientists and customers alike to engage in ingredient research, problem-solving, development and pilot plant scale-up of food, beverage, home care, personal care and other consumer and industrial products.

“With our new innovation center, we’ve invested significantly in our commitment to provide a world-class customer experience and deliver on our brand promise of ‘Unlocking Nature-Powered Success’ through innovation and problem-solving,” said Didier Viala, President of CP Kelco. “We’re excited about taking our global capabilities to a new level and further exploring the possibilities presented by key trends and growth opportunities – all with a sharp focus on meeting the evolving needs of our customers and consumers, today and into the future.”

Strategically located within CP Kelco’s US-based corporate headquarters, the 24,000 square-foot innovation center joins three other global innovation centers (Brazil; California, USA; and Denmark) and four additional regional application lab facilities (China, Dubai, India and Singapore) as part of CP Kelco’s robust network of innovation capabilities and technical experts.

“We designed the new innovation center with collaboration in mind,” said Jennifer Aspen Mason, Senior Vice President of Innovation at CP Kelco. “It was designed to be welcoming to our customers while inspiring creativity and ideation. The sectors and manufacturers we serve need partners that are not only highly skilled but also passionate and agile in staying ahead of trends and helping them accelerate product development.”

“The best kind of innovation happens when we’re collaborating with our customers, solving formulation challenges, discovering new applications and customizing solutions just for them,” Mason added.

Unique to the new innovation center are labs devoted to microbiology, fermentation science, and consumer and industrial applications development. The center also houses research and development labs, a food and beverage pilot plant to support customers with production scale-up, and a sensory evaluation space to conduct sensory studies for understanding consumer perceptions and preferences.

One of the most striking features of the new innovation center is a large chef’s kitchen and open meeting space with sweeping skyline views. This highly customizable space is well-appointed with videoconferencing and collaboration technology for workshops and other forums.

“We warmly welcome existing and new customers to the new innovation center to see our capabilities firsthand and collaborate with us, either virtually or in person,” said James Schkade, CP Kelco’s Senior Vice President of Global Commercial.

Staffed with a team of more than 20 scientists and application specialists, the new center is open for customer visits and working sessions, in accordance with all recommended guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About CP Kelco

CP Kelco is a nature-based ingredient solutions company with approximately 90 years of experience working with food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers worldwide. We unlock nature-powered success by applying ingredient innovation and problem-solving to develop customized solutions that leverage our regional insights and meet manufacturers’ goals to address consumer needs and preferences. What sets us apart:

  • Unique Portfolio. Produces extensive range of high-quality, plant-based and fermentation-derived ingredients to formulate tailored solutions.
  • Technical Excellence. Offers strong collaboration with a global team of scientists and applications experts, leveraging our regional state-of-the art R&D facilities.
  • Committed to providing responsibly sourced and produced ingredients.
  • Market Insights. Understands market and consumer trends to help customers create relevant and innovative products.

Key product lines include gellan gum, pectin, xanthan gum, carrageenan, diutan gum, refined locust bean gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate, fermentation-derived cellulose and our latest innovation, NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber. Learn more at www.cpkelco.com.

 

How to Clean Up Home Care Products

Consumers across all segments like to read product labels before purchasing. They have great expectations for ingredient transparency and would like brands to show how “clean” their labels are. We’ve seen the rise of ‘clean beauty’ transforming the personal care market. The trend has also reached home care, including laundry detergent, fabric softeners and dishwashing detergent. (Should we call it clean cleaning?) Let’s take a look at how it started and how it’s going.

In 2020, a survey by IBM and the National Retail Federation looked at consumer shopping behavior in 28 countries.

Nearly eight in 10 survey respondents said that sustainability was important. Seven in 10 said they were looking for specific attributes in their product choice, and nearly six in 10 would change their shopping habits to help reduce negative environmental impact.

What do consumers look for? Here is a partial list of issues that could be important:

Not containing chemicals harmful to my family

Not containing chemicals harmful to the environment

Biodegradable

Free from plastics

Made from plants/vegan

Food-grade ingredients

Paraben free

Understanding of fragrance ingredients/use essential oils

Hypoallergenic/Gentle on skin

Cruelty free

Concentrated formula

No product waste/recyclable packaging

Treatment of employees and concern for community

As we can see from the list above, the issues reflect a concern of “doing no harm” to the health of humans, animals and our waterways.

Why Biodegradability Is Central to Sustainability

Manufacturers are turning to more plant-based surfactants, enzymes and other functional materials rather than petroleum-based solutions, and more concentrated formulations for less packaging. However, ingredients also need to be biodegradable to break down rapidly in a way that is not harmful to the environment or waterways.

Researchers estimate that about eight million metric tons of waste plastic enters the ocean every year. Microplastics – those scrubbing, pearlescent and fragrance beads used to differentiate home and personal care formulations – were part of the plastic problem. They began to appear in body washes, liquid face soaps, dishwashing liquid, liquid laundry detergents and fabric softeners in the ‘70s. Consumers liked the idea of scent capsules that helped provide long-lasting freshness. Manufacturers liked that they were economical and rinsed off easily. 

However, the microplastics also passed straight through wastewater treatment systems, which were not designed to filter them. Since the microplastics were not biodegradable, they tended to accumulate in waterways and could be ingested by marine life, potentially entering our food supply. Many countries now ban the use of microplastics, and the search is on for a biodegradable alternative.

CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid: A Biodegradable Stabilizer

Any new technology to replace microplastics will require something to stabilize it in liquid formulations. CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid may be just the hero stabilizer that formulators need. Chemically identical to plant-derived cellulose, CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid is produced by a microbial fermentation process.

This provides several unique benefits:

  • It is biodegradable and eco-friendly with a lifecycle not dependent on land and water usage
  • It forms a 3D, net-like structure to easily suspend opacifiers
  • High surface area-to-weight ratio
  • Not sensitive to temperature, salt or pH
  • Compatible with highly concentrated formulas
  • Disperses easily
  • Dilutes quickly
  • Won’t thicken or affect pour viscosity
  • Dependable, batch-to-batch repeatability for
    scale up
  • Low cost in use

In summary, biodegradability should be an essential part of your sustainability commitment when looking to clean up your home care formulations.

Unlocking Nature-Powered Success Through Innovation

Unlocking Nature-Powered
Success Through Innovation

No compromise: The future of food & beverage innovation.

The future of product development is going to be heavily influenced by the convergence of six important concepts. Each is about empowering customers and consumers with abundant, affordable choices and no compromises. Spotting trends early is crucial to the product development process. However, connecting all the pieces allows for full-circle synergy that spurs innovation. 

Simple & Clear Labels

The idea of ‘clean label’ continues to evolve over time but one thing is, well, clear: Consumer demand for transparency is at the forefront.

Manufacturers can earn the trust of consumers by using powerful but minimally processed and sustainably sourced, nature-based ingredients. In addition to a simple and clear ingredient deck, consumers may be looking for less overall ingredients. They may also prefer products that are organic compliant, non-GMO, and with less fat or sugar. That doesn’t have to mean compromise for you or consumers. It just means ingredient functionality becomes more important. We see this spotlight on ingredients continuing to grow as consumers focus on overall health and wellness.

Appealing to the Senses

How many of us have walked into a bakery and been comforted just by the aroma of fresh-baked cookies? Or bought a liquid laundry detergent because the scent reminded us of clean sheets drying on a clothesline in the sun? Let’s face it: a product must look good, smell good, feel and/or taste good to attract consumers. Psychology says some of our most memorable experiences are tied to sensory perception.

Sensory aspects can be the last hurdle for getting consumers to try a new product. Will the plant-based body wash be gentle enough for my sensitive skin? Will my plant-based cheese alternative melt like traditional dairy cheese on my usual Friday night pizza? They may try your product once, but consumers must enjoy – and even prefer – the sensory aspects to make the switch.

Good for You

We believe health and wellness benefits will be inherent in new product offerings going forward, enabling personalized nutrition to become mainstream along with added physical and mental wellness benefits. 

The idea is not limited to food and beverage product development either; there is synergy with the personal care and home care segments. Soothing or invigorating benefits and calming scents are prevalent, with a nod to environmental concerns and skin sensitivities using allergen-free ingredients. 

Good for The Planet

Consumers don’t just want products that are good for them; they want products that are also good for the planet. From small companies to global powerhouses, there has been a noticeable shift towards sustainability as consumers opt for brands that put the environment first. 

We envision products in the future will require less water, land and energy to produce, allowing Mother Nature to flourish, along with animal life. Innovation is already driving this movement forward through the exploration of new, alternative proteins and fermentation technology.

Powered by Nature & New Technology

For almost 90 years, nature has been CP Kelco’s source and inspiration for dozens of powerful ingredients. Along with a steadfast commitment to sustainable sourcing and minimal processing, new ideas help us bring out the best functionality of our nature-based ingredients.

Fermentation is one of those technologies that nature has given us that will ensure reliable functionality as it helps to create a sustainable, resilient future. For customers, it means quality ingredients in quantities small or large, without worry of scarcity due to natural events. For consumers, it means enjoying the products they love while also preserving plants and animals.

Culturally Comprehensive

Foods and beverages are more than nutrition; the products and even the preparation and the sharing of meals often has deep meaning attached to it. In addition to family customs, some foods are consumed due to religious beliefs, with strict dietary laws for promoting spiritual health. Many followers of global religions are vegetarians or follow strict prescriptions for the consumption of animal-based foods, such as kosher and halal.

Others pursue vegetarianism or veganism for their own health reasons or over concern for animal welfare. It also underscores a need for vegan formulations in beauty, personal care and home care products as well. In the future, the spectrum of new product offerings will be more sensitive to consumers’ cultural preferences.

The needs of the marketplace and the global demands of consumers will continue to evolve. However, we see a future full of possibilities, where nature holds the key to innovation with no compromises. CP Kelco will continue to unlock its abundant potential through new products, applications and functionalities. We invite you to be a part of it and explore with us!

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Unlocking Nature-Powered Success Through Innovation

Unlocking Nature-Powered
Success Through Innovation

No compromise: The future of food & beverage innovation.

The future of product development is going to be heavily influenced by the convergence of six important concepts. Each is about empowering customers and consumers with abundant, affordable choices and no compromises. Spotting trends early is crucial to the product development process. However, connecting all the pieces allows for full-circle synergy that spurs innovation. 

Simple & Clear Labels

The idea of ‘clean label’ continues to evolve over time but one thing is, well, clear: Consumer demand for transparency is at the forefront.

Manufacturers can earn the trust of consumers by using powerful but minimally processed and sustainably sourced, nature-based ingredients. In addition to a simple and clear ingredient deck, consumers may be looking for less overall ingredients. They may also prefer products that are organic compliant, non-GMO, and with less fat or sugar. That doesn’t have to mean compromise for you or consumers. It just means ingredient functionality becomes more important. We see this spotlight on ingredients continuing to grow as consumers focus on overall health and wellness.

Appealing to the Senses

How many of us have walked into a bakery and been comforted just by the aroma of fresh-baked cookies? Or bought a liquid laundry detergent because the scent reminded us of clean sheets drying on a clothesline in the sun? Let’s face it: a product must look good, smell good, feel and/or taste good to attract consumers. Psychology says some of our most memorable experiences are tied to sensory perception.

Sensory aspects can be the last hurdle for getting consumers to try a new product. Will the plant-based body wash be gentle enough for my sensitive skin? Will my plant-based cheese alternative melt like traditional dairy cheese on my usual Friday night pizza? They may try your product once, but consumers must enjoy – and even prefer – the sensory aspects to make the switch.

Good for You

We believe health and wellness benefits will be inherent in new product offerings going forward, enabling personalized nutrition to become mainstream along with added physical and mental wellness benefits. 

The idea is not limited to food and beverage product development either; there is synergy with the personal care and home care segments. Soothing or invigorating benefits and calming scents are prevalent, with a nod to environmental concerns and skin sensitivities using allergen-free ingredients. 

Good for The Planet

Consumers don’t just want products that are good for them; they want products that are also good for the planet. From small companies to global powerhouses, there has been a noticeable shift towards sustainability as consumers opt for brands that put the environment first. 

We envision products in the future will require less water, land and energy to produce, allowing Mother Nature to flourish, along with animal life. Innovation is already driving this movement forward through the exploration of new, alternative proteins and fermentation technology.

Powered by Nature & New Technology

For almost 90 years, nature has been CP Kelco’s source and inspiration for dozens of powerful ingredients. Along with a steadfast commitment to sustainable sourcing and minimal processing, new ideas help us bring out the best functionality of our nature-based ingredients.

Fermentation is one of those technologies that nature has given us that will ensure reliable functionality as it helps to create a sustainable, resilient future. For customers, it means quality ingredients in quantities small or large, without worry of scarcity due to natural events. For consumers, it means enjoying the products they love while also preserving plants and animals.

Culturally Comprehensive

Foods and beverages are more than nutrition; the products and even the preparation and the sharing of meals often has deep meaning attached to it. In addition to family customs, some foods are consumed due to religious beliefs, with strict dietary laws for promoting spiritual health. Many followers of global religions are vegetarians or follow strict prescriptions for the consumption of animal-based foods, such as kosher and halal.

Others pursue vegetarianism or veganism for their own health reasons or over concern for animal welfare. It also underscores a need for vegan formulations in beauty, personal care and home care products as well. In the future, the spectrum of new product offerings will be more sensitive to consumers’ cultural preferences.

The needs of the marketplace and the global demands of consumers will continue to evolve. However, we see a future full of possibilities, where nature holds the key to innovation with no compromises. CP Kelco will continue to unlock its abundant potential through new products, applications and functionalities. We invite you to be a part of it and explore with us!

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4 Reasons to Formulate Your Next Beverage Innovation with Gellan Gum

Think about all the new trends impacting the beverage industry: plant-based, health and wellbeing, plus consumers’ requests for clean label, vegan, organic and reduced-sugar options. The role of innovation is more important now than ever. If you want to stand out on a crowded store shelf, it’s time to outfit your formulator’s toolbox with a product that helps you maximize sensory appeal and functionality.

Whether you’re suspending botanicals in an energy drink, creating an indulgent, plant-based smoothie or recovering body in a reduced-calorie beverage, nature-based KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum is the multifunctional, go-to ingredient you’ve been looking for. Discovered in a water lily pond and developed by CP Kelco almost 40 years ago, it is a highly effective, soluble fiber. And it just keeps getting better and better. As we collaborate with product developers like you, we learn about your needs and keep advancing in technology. KELCOGEL® DF Gellan Gum is the next-generation, dual function problem solver for suspension and mouthfeel. Because nature-based ingredients form the core of everything we do, quality and sustainability are built into our DNA. We’re proud to be leading the way in ingredient innovation.

Here are four ways KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum can empower your next beverage innovation:

1. Dual function = less ingredients, more flexibility.

Consumers want to see fewer ingredients listed on product labels. So, expect more out of the ingredients you use: more function and more benefits. KELCOGEL® DF Gellan Gum offers dual function for clean label beverage solutions and cost savings for you. A little accomplishes a lot in terms of suspension, stabilization and texture (more details to come below). We support the development of products with shorter ingredient lists to meet ever-changing consumer demands and evolve our solutions to meet your expectations. You focus on creative product development; we’ll help you rise above all the challenges.

2. Think beyond suspension.

Innovative KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum is a master of long-term suspension, so you don’t have to worry about protein, minerals, vitamins, cocoa powder or fruit settling at the bottom. It also enables exceptional suspension without increasing the viscosity or mouthfeel of your finished beverage. So now it’s time to think big – there is a world of possibility beyond traditional suspension capability just waiting to be unlocked!

3. Stabilization assured.

How much food waste happens because separation has occurred? Maintaining product consistency over the course of shelf life is imperative. Your beverage must deliver the promise of the ingredient benefits in every sip, and it must taste and look good, without separation and settling. As new alternative protein sources come along, so do new stabilization challenges. Protein powders can be difficult to hydrate, and sensitive to heat and pH, so there’s always a threat of protein instability in the finished beverage. KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum forms a fluid gel to stabilize your beverage and prevent phase separation with minimal impact on viscosity. No matter if you’re using dairy milk or plant proteins, KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum provides stabilization.

4. Get superior flavor release and texture.

Great texture can be compared to making a memorable first impression. However, most consumers won’t even think about texture unless it’s inferior. A gelatinous chocolate milk or a watery almond beverage could turn off a customer for good. There is also a lot of body and flavor lost when reducing sugar. We know it can be hard to describe the mouthfeel you want in a finished product, but we encourage formulators to address their texture needs up front in the process to achieve them. Define the richness, creaminess and other specific attributes you want consumers to experience when tasting your beverage and we can help you attain them. Innovative KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum should be the first tool in your texture toolbox. It has excellent taste release and it also plays well with other texturants to help you achieve your desired mouthfeel.

Our global team of market-leading technical experts is ready to help you develop better-for-you beverages that range from light and refreshing to rich and decadent. Let us know your goals and we will be happy to assist you. Ask us about tailoring a KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum solution to address your specific needs, including vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified, organic-compliant, gluten-free and other clean label ideals.

For more information or to request a sample, contact us here.

Prototypes from Around the Globe: Europe & the Middle East

Panna cotta, low-sugar jam, vegan mayonnaise, fruit drinks… yum! Explore exclusive prototype innovations from Europe and the Middle East below, each of which is introduced by an expert from our global Sales Technical Service (STS) team who offers tips for using CP Kelco’s nature-based ingredients to create regional-inspired foods and beverages. An easy-to-follow recipe card also accompanies each prototype video.

Fruited Drinking Yogurt


In this video, Søren Jensen, Application Specialist in Denmark, reveals how CP Kelco’s pectin provides stability in the fruit prep and yogurt parts of this tasty fruited yogurt drink.


Click the images below to access videos and recipe cards for our low-sugar jam, low-fat vegan mayonnaise, panna cotta and mango flavored drink prototypes.

 

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Prototypes from Around the Globe: The Americas

Mango and passionfruit yogurt drink and chocolate-y beverages… yum! Explore exclusive prototype innovations below from the Americas, each of which is introduced by an expert from our global Sales Technical Service (STS) team who offers tips for using CP Kelco’s nature-based ingredients to create regional-inspired foods and beverages. An easy-to-follow recipe card also accompanies each prototype video.

Chocolate Oat Beverage

CP Kelco’s gellan gum helps to suspend all the chocolate-y goodness (cocoa) in this indulgent plant-based drink.


Low-Sugar Mango and Passionfruit Yogurt Drink


Learn how CP Kelco’s pectin helps maintain this yogurt drink’s structure and texture, throughout it’s long shelf-life.

High-Protein Chocolate Milk

CP Kelco’s gellan gum adds pleasant mouthfeel and suspension to this high-protein lactose-free milk.


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